Middle Childhood and the Tweens

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Middle Childhood and the Tweens

This age cohort (middle childhood and the tweens) has seen more focus over the past decade or so as being the manifestation age for a whole host of adult issues including eating disorders, relationship difficulties, harmful sexualised behaviours, bullying, emerging personality difficulties and early onset psychosis.  We are seeing increasing numbers of referrals of children who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of bullying via social media and exposure to adult material for example and schools who are unable to cope.

Nearly 40% of 6 to 16 years olds experienced deterioration in mental health since 2017 (NHS Digital, 2020.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy which can help to reduce distress and improve your ability to function.

CBT can be used with school-aged children and youth with a stronger focus on behaviour so can be used with children aged 4 and above. CBT helps children and youth become more aware of their thoughts, actions and feelings so they can view difficult situations more clearly and respond more effectively.

CBT is an effective treatment for a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, low self-esteem, anger problems, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder and symptoms

Research has shown that children and youth experiencing anxiety and depression are less likely to relapse when treated with CBT.

If you would like to know more about how My Family Psychologist can help, call us on 07801 079555 or email luisa@myfamilypsychologist.com

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